Boehringer Ingelheim Ulm University Biocentre

Top-level research, a science-oriented degree programme and strong partnerships within the industry sector characterise Ulm University.

Under the leadership of its medical faculty and with the support of the Ministry of Science of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg and Boehringer Ingelheim, the university founded the Boehringer Ingelheim Ulm University BioCentre (BIU) research association.

The partnership agreement (as a public-private partnership research association) was signed in 2011 by Ulm University and Boehringer Ingelheim. Their goal is to identify cellular and molecular target molecules, which could mean pathways to the development of new therapeutic concepts.

Researching Biomarkers

An open dialogue between the university and industry eases the transfer of research results from clinical basic research into industrial development and clinical application. BIU has a total of four research profiles that work with neuropsychiatric and cardiometabolic diseases.

For example, molecular and cellular changes related to obesity and diabetes are being investigated. Other key topics include regulatory processes in inflammatory diseases, the characterisation of the involved cells and the analysis of changes in the lung epithelium in the context of diseases.

The research association pursues two goals. One is the characterisation and analysis of signal transduction pathways and their dysregulation. The second, identification and characterisation of new biomarkers required for innovative clinical studies. The focus is mainly on early preclinical analyses.

The joint projects, carried out by Boehringer Ingelheim and the researchers at Ulm University, offer both partners access to developments in basic clinical research as well as in the development of new therapeutic interventions.

Extended Term for BIU

Following BIU’s successful interim evaluation in 2016, a second funding period was approved for three years.

Together, Boehringer Ingelheim, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the medical faculty of Ulm University support BIU with a total funding of 4.5 million euros.

The second funding period will be completed in 2019. Boehringer Ingelheim and Ulm University, with the support of the state, have agreed to continue the partnership, partly with new joint structures.

During contract signing for the second funding period: front (from left): Prof. Dr. Thomas Wirth, Prof. Dr. Michael Weber, Prof. Dr. Eric Haaksma; back (from left): Dr. Simone Schwanitz (Ministerial Director at MWK) and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Debatin. © Elvira Eberhardt